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FDA to Hold Advisory Committee Meeting to Discuss Merck and Ridgeback’s EUA Application for COVID-19 Oral Treatment

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Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is announcing an upcoming meeting of its Antimicrobial Drugs Advisory Committee (AMDAC) to discuss Merck and Ridgeback’s request for an emergency use authorization (EUA) for molnupiravir, an investigational antiviral drug to treat COVID-19. On Nov. 30, the advisory committee will meet to discuss the available data supporting the use of molnupiravir to treat…

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To Improve Nutrition and Reduce the Burden of Disease, FDA Issues Guidance for Voluntarily Reducing Sodium in Processed and Packaged Foods

The following is attributed to Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock, M.D., and Susan T. Mayne, Ph.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition A cornerstone of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s public health mission is to reduce the burden of chronic disease through improved nutrition. As a nation, we are facing a growing epidemic of…

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NASA Sets Landing Coverage for Russian Cosmonaut, Actress, Producer

  NASA will provide complete coverage as three space travelers living aboard the International Space Station, including a Russian actress and her producer-director, return to Earth just after midnight on Sunday, Oct. 17.   Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos will be at the controls of the Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft, flanked by Russian actress Yulia Peresild and Russian producer-director Klim…

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NASA’s Webb Space Telescope Arrives in French Guiana After Sea Voyage

  NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope successfully arrived in French Guiana Tuesday, after a 16-day journey at sea. The 1,500-mile voyage took Webb from California through the Panama Canal to Port de Pariacabo on the Kourou River in French Guiana, on the northeastern coast of South America.   The world’s largest and most complex space science observatory will now be…

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NASA Releases Climate Action Plan

  NASA released a climate action plan Thursday, Oct. 7, aimed at averting mission impacts due to climate change, ensuring the resiliency of facilities and assets, and providing the nation and world unique climate observations, analysis, and modeling through scientific research.   The plan is part of President Biden’s whole-of-government approach to confronting the climate crisis. Federal agencies face rising maintenance…

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Hyundai Announces Agreement with Shell for Hydrogen Infrastructure Development

  Celebrating National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day, Hyundai Commitment Supports Hydrogen-powered Fuel Cell Vehicle Sales Growth ‘Project Neptune’ Agreement Expands Support of 48 New and Two Upgraded Shell Hydrogen Stations Previously Announced in California Station Funding Partially Sourced by the California Energy Commission (CEC) Station Development Begins in 2021 FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Oct. 8, 2021 – In celebration of National Hydrogen and…

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The 2021 Taurid Meteor Shower Starting tonight…

  The Southern Taurids can be seen tonight. The Taurids are an annual meteor shower, associated with the comet Encke. The Taurids are actually two separate showers, with a Southern and a Northern component. The Southern Taurids originated from Comet Encke, while the Northern Taurids originated from the asteroid 2004 TG10 They are named after their radiant point in the constellation Taurus, where they are seen to come from…

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FDA Approves Innovative Treatment for Pediatric Patients with Congenital Athymia

  Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Rethymic for the treatment of pediatric patients with congenital athymia, a rare immune disorder. Rethymic is the first thymus tissue product approved in the U.S. “Today’s action marks the first FDA approval of a therapy to treat this very rare and devastating disease in children,” said Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., director…

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